Gates of Heaven Reviews

October 28, 2020
What seeps to the surface of this deceivingly simple collage of faces and anecdotes is a serene appreciation for humanity's odd fondnesses, whether they be for comforting the morning or blasting electric guitar to the deceased.
February 4, 2018
Morris presents the interviews without adornment or commentary, letting the plainspoken words create an almost surreal quality; audiences weren't sure if Morris was being sincere or satirical.
December 12, 2017
Here is a quirky talented filmmaker at work who will one day turn up with something more satisfying than this movie.
September 8, 2015
Trying to decode what it is about Errol Morris's best work is a thorny proposition. -
March 23, 2015
It's a movie so suffused with meaning that every line and every image feels purposeful.
March 18, 2015
...a documentary that feels, above all else, generous.
April 3, 2014
Technically, it's a movie about pet cemeteries, but specifically it's a movie about life and death and everything in-between.
January 30, 2011
Viewed through Errol Morris' blank-gaze lens, it suggests Kubrick discovering Mark Twain
April 9, 2007
An unforgettable mood piece about human loneliness.
November 7, 2005
Errol Morris first film is a window on his early promise as a turly great filmmaker.
July 24, 2005
Morris' assured feature debut is simultaneously touching and wierd.
June 30, 2005
June 10, 2005
January 15, 2005
What is missing is the mediation of an artistic sensibility.
February 14, 2004
A bizarrely entertaining eye-opening look at pet cemeteries.
May 7, 2003
Gates of Heaven is a documentary with subject and no argument, and is nonetheless deeply, deeply ruminative.
February 28, 2002
More to it than I initially gave it credit for.
June 27, 2001
[P]eople watching on the weirdest plane of humanity.
January 1, 2000
They say you can make a great documentary about almost anything, if only you see it well enough and truly, and this film proves it.
January 1, 2000
It is Morris' selection of people and their statements that make Gates of Heaven required viewing for documentary aficionados.